Ring arrives just in time

Saturday, November 24, 2001

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- It was down to the wire Friday for husband-to-be Thomas Cramer.

His wedding was just one day away and the engagement ring for his fiancee was somewhere among the 10 truckloads of mail quarantined at the Hamilton Township postal facility after it was contaminated with anthrax.

On Friday, the post office delivered.

At a ceremony outside the Hamilton facility, Trenton Postmaster Joseph Sautello presented Cramer with the ring -- a gold band with a heart-shaped diamond and two smaller gems. Certified anthrax-free.

Cramer presented it to his fiancee.

"I love it," said Amanda Boone, 23.

"At least it's not going to look like I didn't get her a ring," Cramer said after kissing her.

Cramer, 30, bought the ring at a Hamilton jewelry store, then mailed it to his father in Ohio so Boone wouldn't find it. When Cramer was ready to give her the ring, his father mailed it back -- just in time for anthrax scares to shutter post offices around New Jersey.

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